Someone's sitting in the
because someone planted a tree
a long time ago.
- Warren Buffett
Celebrating our 59th
Year in Business
The Beginning -
The Village Landscape Service
Founded in 1952 by Roger Bacon High School
friends Bill Wersel and Stan Handorf, the Village Landscape Service
Company focused on lawn maintenance and grass-cutting. When the owners
moved to Springdale, Ohio on Sharon Road, the owners changed its name to
Sharon Nursery Company in 1959 and added landscape installation to their
The prospering landscape/maintenance
company soon outgrew its location. In 1963, Bill and Stan packed and
moved to a 30-acre farm alongside I-71 in Maineville, OH. The nursery
and garden store remain located there today. “At the time, our friends
and family thought we were crazy buying a farm -- in the middle of
nowhere -- for the purpose of opening a garden center,” joked Bill Wersel. Their wisdom however, soon proved their friends wrong.
Bill Wersel Sr. and Stan Handorf
middle of nowhere to a thriving suburbia with the Eiffel Tower in
its back yard
Within one year
of opening the garden center in Maineville, they were approached by
a group of visionary developers. The developers planned to open an
amusement park on 364 acres, with an Eiffel Tower (one-third the
size of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris) as the landmark. The
developers acquired 14 acres from Sharon Nursery Company to help
create the Kings Island exit off I-71. Paramount’s Kings Island is
now the premier family theme and water park in the Midwest. More
than three million guests visit the park each year. Due in part to
Paramount King’s Island’s success, the surrounding communities
prospered and grew in population, causing Warren County to become
one of the fastest-growing counties in the Midwest.
Pleased with its
visible new neighbor, the nursery was, nonetheless, again pinched
for space. They ventured even farther north to purchase an
additional 80-acre farm outside of Lebanon, Ohio to expand the
nursery’s plant growing operations. Sharon Nursery was now a
full-service landscaping company providing complete landscape
installation and design services, a fully stocked garden center, and
a wholesale service providing plant materials to other members of
the nursery industry.
The Next Generation
Bill and Stan are now enjoying retirement. Their sons -- Tom, Tony,
Mike and Rob Handorf, and Bill Wersel Jr.-- are now the co-owners of
Sharon Nursery Company. The company continues to make improvements
in the products and services offered, but the work-ethic and
commitment to service instilled by their fathers lives on. Now, as
a third-generation of Handorf’s and Wersel’s are becoming involved
in the family-business, these same values will carry Sharon Nursery
into the future.
Sharon Nursery strives
to provide you with an outstanding value, professional design and
installation, along with superior products to enhance your home and
business environment. The family and employees of Sharon Nursery
Company would be proud to consider you part of their long history.
Please visit soon.